No, I’m not suggesting you go buy a new pair of dunks.
I mean, there’s probably something you’re thinking about doing. Maybe doing it is scary, because it challenges how you see yourself, or how others see you. Maybe the thing you want to do is frowned upon by clergy, politicians or other old people whose opinions shouldn’t even matter. Maybe you’re waiting for the golden key, the magic flute, the missing statue’s hand, the special lucky day or something else that’s never going to appear. Maybe you’re waiting until you’ve had enough time to meditate, debate, dialogue, chant, pray or read the tea leaves. Maybe you’re just plain scared. Who cares. Leap.
Every single regret I’ve had has been because I stood at the edge and didn’t jump. Every single one. Every time I’ve actually had the courage to leapt I’ve embraced the end results of my choices without fear or regret. It’s just the edge that’s scary. Don’t let it be a barrier between you and the life you envision for yourself.
Look over the edge and imagine the worst thing that could happen. The worst possible thing. Not that bad is it? Then imagine the best thing that can happen. It’s worth the risk, isn’t it? If you’re ok with both, gird your loins, spit over your shoulder and dive in.
Every day I get a little bit older, a little bit more cocky, and I realize even more how short life is. We don’t have time to hem and haw, people. Make it happen. Live the life you want to live.
On second thought, buy that new pair of sneakers. You can’t take the money with you, and if you get hit by a car today at least your body will have dope kicks on.
Speak the truth to power. If the captain doesn’t like hearing that there’s an iceberg up ahead, find a new boat to row on.
Have one more drink. Hangovers build character and you’ll never know who you’ll meet.
Take off your clothes, wrap it up for safety and enjoy the dance. Morality is mainly an excuse for repressed people to make everyone else feel as frustrated as they do.
Get on that stage, take a deep breath and show everyone you’re a superstar.
The point I’m trying to make is I’m ready to do some open mics. I’m a little scared, but I’m jumping.